Rieko Hidaka who works in the medium of traditional Japanese painting continues to make large scale monochrome paintings of the space we see when we look up to the sky through the tips of tree branches. Drawing upwards from the large trunk to the tip of the smallest branches and covering the whole surface or even exceeding it, Hidaka creates a strong contrast with the bright sky. Through the way these paintings are made we can see a very stoic side to Hidaka. But perhaps more than that, if we place ourselves in that space we can experience a quiet peace and sense of joy.

In 2001, in collaboration with Hidaka, Edition Works produced a series of eight large scale dry points entitled

"From the Space of Trees". Hidaka's reason for choosing the dry point technique was "the attraction of its directness of expression". In looking for the hardness of expression similar to that found in her drawings and paintings, the dry point technique was exactly what Hidaka was looking for.

The feeling of hardness of the needle in the drawn lines and, at the same time, the texture of the tree is conveyed directly by the feeling of resistance on the copper plate.

The dry points were printed with transparent white gampi paper (by chine colle) to further enhance the feeling of transparency of space.
From the Space of Tree (English)
8 drypoints
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Born in Tokyo, Japan
Graduated from the Department of Japanese Painting, College of Art and Design,
Musashino Art University (BFA)
Completed the course at the Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University (MFA)
Studied in Germany under Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency
for Cultural Affairs, Japan
Solo Exhibitions



Miyuki Gallery, Tokyo
Miyuki Gallery, Tokyo
Hillside Gallery, Tokyo
Galerie 16, Kyoto, Japan
Kintetsu Department Store, Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
UCP Gallery Ueda, Tokyo
Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Chofu City Culture Hall Tazukuri, Tokyo
Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, L.A., U.S.A.
Tomio Koyama Gallery, "From the Space of Trees " Tokyo
Galerie 16 , "From the Space of Trees" Kyoto, Japan
Art Kite Museum ,
Detmold, Germany
Galerie 16, Kyoto, Japan
Nakasatsunai Art Village, Northland Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions









"Triangulation of Modernism Part 5", Gallery Furukawa, Tokyo
"Contemporary Nihonga 11th Yamatane Museum of Art Prize Exhibition",
Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo
"Being Mad under the Trees", Miho Akioka, Takashi Inagaki, Rieko Hidaka, Galerie 16, Kyoto, Japan
"Art Today '93", Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan
"Beyond the "Nihonga" - An Aspect of Contemporary Japanese Paintings",
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
"Japanese Culture : The Fifty Postwar Years", Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo,
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima,
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, Hyogo,
Fukuoaka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoaka, Japan
"Inga Beyer + Rieko Hidaka", Loft, Cologne, Germany
"VOCA '97", Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
"Final '98 - on the Wall -", Galerie 16, Kyoto, Japan
"Taste and Pursuits: Japanese Art in the 1990s", National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, The Philippines
"Art Document 1999 in Kanaz - From Asian Forest", Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan
"Visionen von den Urlandschaften", Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
"Art in Flux VII: Beyond & Around the Visual Perception - Paintings of Hidaka Rieko & Mitsushima
Takayuki ", Fukuoaka Art Museum, Fukoaka, Japan
"ikiro-be alive - Contemporary Art from Japan - 1980 until now", Kroeller-Mueller Museum,

Otterlo, The Netherlands
"Exhibition of New Acquisitions + Contemporary Paintings",
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
"Here is the Museum, the scape collaborated with our collection, artists and you",
Shizuoaka Prefectural Museum of Art,Shizuoaka
"PAINTING IN OUR TIME", The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum,Niigata, Japan
"KOMOREBI", Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibarai, Japan
"Masterpieces in CAMK selection - Today's Japanese Traditional Painting,
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
"Over the Nature ", Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo
"CHIKAKU", Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Selected Public Collections 
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Kushiro Art Museum
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
The University of Tokyo, Komaba Library
oaka Art Museum
The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Art Tower Mito
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
Main Galleries 
Galerie 16, Kyoto
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Distance from the Sky I 
2002 240X240cm pigmennt on paper
Collection: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
photo:Yoshitaka Uchida
Distance from the Sky II 
2002 240X240cm pigmennt on paper
Collection: The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
photo:Yoshitaka Uchida